DragonCon (Photo Credit Maurice “Mo” Barnes for Steed Media Service)

Each year, downtown Atlanta is the scene of one of greatest parades of science fiction and pop culture. The parade will begin at the intersection of Peachtree Street and Linden Avenue, head south on Peachtree, east (left) on Andrew Young International Boulevard and north (left) on Peachtree Center Avenue. It will end on Peachtree Center Avenue between John Portman Boulevard and Baker Street, in front of the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. The parade route will feature floats, fantasy vehicles, Star Wars storm troopers led by Darth Vader and a host of fans dressed as characters from various fantasy, comic and science fiction genres. It will start at 10:00 a.m. and several thousand people line the parade route. This year’s grand marshal is comic book legend Stan Lee. It is free and open to the public and is a family friendly event. Because of the crowds, public transportation is advised. There is also a 50 percent chance of rain.

Here are pictures from previous parades:

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DragonCon (Photo Credit Maurice “Mo” Barnes for Steed Media Service)

DragonCon (Photo Credit Maurice “Mo” Barnes for Steed Media Service)

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DragonCon (Photo Credit Maurice “Mo” Barnes for Steed Media Service)

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DragonCon (Photo Credit Maurice “Mo” Barnes for Steed Media Service)

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DragonCon (Photo Credit Maurice “Mo” Barnes for Steed Media Service)

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DragonCon (Photo Credit Maurice “Mo” Barnes for Steed Media Service)

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DragonCon (Photo Credit Maurice “Mo” Barnes for Steed Media Service)

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DragonCon (Photo Credit Maurice “Mo” Barnes for Steed Media Service)

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DragonCon (Photo Credit Maurice “Mo” Barnes for Steed Media Service)

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DragonCon (Photo Credit Maurice “Mo” Barnes for Steed Media Service)

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DragonCon (Photo Credit Maurice “Mo” Barnes for Steed Media Service)

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DragonCon (Photo Credit Maurice “Mo” Barnes for Steed Media Service)

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DragonCon (Photo Credit Maurice “Mo” Barnes for Steed Media Service)

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DragonCon (Photo Credit Maurice “Mo” Barnes for Steed Media Service)

Mo Barnes

"Mo Betta" Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician.